Founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson as the Illustrated Daily News, it was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. It grew in popularity by appealing to the public with sensational coverage of crime, scandal and violence, lurid photographs, and other entertainment features. By the 1930s it had a circulation of 2.4 million. The paper has a long-standing reputation for political wrongdoing and social intrigue, such as the Teapot Dome Scandal and Wallis Simpson’s romance with King Edward VIII that led to his abdication.
In the latter part of the 20th century, the Daily News largely ceased to be a screamer, but still remained one of America’s leading newspapers. Its editorial stance has varied, from a staunch isolationism during World War II to conservative populism in the 1940s and 1960s, and to a high-minded centrist legacy in the 1990s. In addition to its New York City headquarters at 450 West 33rd Street (also known as Manhattan West), the newspaper has a bureau in the Bronx, offices in Brooklyn and Queens, at City Hall and within One Police Plaza, at various state and federal courthouses, and several other locations throughout the metropolitan area.
The newspaper also operates a weekly newspaper, The Sunday News, and an online edition. In addition, it operates WPIX-TV and radio station, whose call letters are based on its nickname “New York’s picture newspaper.” The television and radio stations are currently owned by Tribune.
The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college newspaper, and has published every weekday since January 28, 1878. It is independent, financially and editorially, and publishes in partnership with the university’s departments of journalism and public policy. The News has an extensive website and produces multiple special issues each year in collaboration with Yale’s Indigenous, Black, AAPI and Latinx communities. It is published Monday through Friday during the academic year and has its own printing press on E. Fairplains Street in downtown New Haven.